Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 3/8/12

Mike Pelfrey was absolutely horrific today. He gave up four runs in two and two-thirds innings, including a typical Pelfrey first inning where he threw a million pitches and forced warm-up action in the bullpen in the first inning of a spring game.

It's probably mean of me to rag on anybody in their first spring training appearance. After all, pitchers are typically doing nothing more than building up arm strength and working on things. Mike Pelfrey doesn't get the benefit of that doubt. Wanna know why? Pelfrey had a 7-13 record with a 4.88 ERA and a WHIP of 1.47 ... that's why. When Justin Verlander has two bad innings in a spring game, he's working on things. When Albert Pujols goes 3-for-92 in the spring, he's finding his stroke. When a guy who spent his entire season dicking around with no out pitch, high pitch counts, and idiosyncrasies that make Nomar Garciaparra look calm goes out in his first spring outing and does the exact same things he's done the past two seasons, he gets no rope. Here's what Mike Pelfrey needs to work on: getting mother f&*$ers out, that's what. Spring training for Mike Pelfrey shouldn't consist of giving up home runs to has-beens like Austin Kearns.

I'd give a pass to Frank Francisco sooner than I'd give a pass to Mike Pelfrey, although Francisco gave up a home run to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth that was hit so hard it knocked another million off the Mets payroll (and again, he was the losing pitcher). But he's on notice too. Any more similarities to Armando Benitez and I'm going to have to contemplate spending this summer discovering British television.

(By the way, speaking of Hanley ... nice play at third base, stupid. It'll be hysterical to watch Jose Reyes try to field every ball on the left side of the infield this season.)

The Mets at least made this close, in part because Carlos Zambrano out-Pelfreyed Pelfrey today by giving up three runs on one and a third. And partly because Adam Loewen hit a home run today as the former pitcher continues his attempt to re-ascend to the majors as a hitter. I'll go on record right now: If the Mets are to have a Jeremy Lin on their roster, with all due respect to backup catcher Lucas May and his halfway decent bat, I think that it's going to be Loewen. (And when I say he's going to be Jeremy Lin, I mean that he'll play really well for a tenth of the season before people figure out how to defend/pitch to him before he turns back into himself and his t-shirts are on the clearance rack at Modell's.)

And speaking of t-shirts, the Mets sent out an e-mail with a deal for t-shirt Tuesdays. A seat in the left field landing and a limited edition t-shirt for 19 bucks. Cool, but I want you to look at the picture the Mets sent in this e-mail:

Notice anything weird? Let me zoom in for you:

On the right you can see the back of a t-shirt blurred out. You can pretty much figure out that it's a Carlos Beltran shirt. On the left, a t-shirt that's already kind of obstructed, but you can pretty much figure out that it's a Frankie Rodriguez t-shirt. Two shirts depicting players who aren't there any more, and only one is intentionally blurred out. And it's not of the player that was hauled out of the stadium in handcuffs. Now I understand that this doesn't mean the Mets are endorsing K-Rod while trying to erase the memory of Carlos Beltran. Most likely they thought nobody would figure out that was a K-Rod shirt ... at least nobody with a life, and I'm obviously not on that list. In the pantheon of Mets embarrassments, this is probably a 0 on a scale of 1-10. I just thought it was interesting.

And hey, you know what else is interesting? David Robertson is on crutches because he fell moving empty boxes at home. I'm shocked nobody has tried to blame this on Ike Davis or Bernie Madoff for pushing him down the stairs. I'm just happy the Mets no longer have the monopoly on goofy injuries.

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